Go the free agent route
There are plenty of cornerbacks on the market, including the Patriots’ own Kyle Arrington. The team reportedly has already expressed interest in talking to Arrington’s representation this week at the NFL Combine.
But there are other options in free agency. Some of the top cornerbacks on the market include Cincinnati’s Adam Jones, Miami’s Sean Smith, Pittsburgh’s Keenan Lewis, and Baltimore’s Cary Williams. Each could come at a bit of discount compared to a Talib, who is in a good position to demand more money from the Patriots than he’d likely see on the market.